When Jabril Cox told the media moments after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round that Frisco was “like home,” he said in a humble and neutral tone
But make no mistake, it was kind of bragging rights The FCS State Championship game takes place at Toyota Stadium, right next to The Star in Frisco, and Cox’s North Dakota State Bison have always left the happy zone
“Three national championships in Frisco,” Cox said factually “I know the area very well”
The 23-year-old linebacker is arguably the most dominant defensive player in the North Dakota State program in recent history, but after his third national championship he wanted to challenge himself to a higher level of competition. So in 2020 he applied to be a graduate transfer to play for the LSU Tigers in the SEC
“I’m a competitor” said Cox “It’s something I always strive to do; compete with the best”
His competitive performance in the FCS alone would have intrigued NFL scouts, so it was a risk for him to go to the SEC and possibly be exposed by bigger athletes This is of course not what happened Cox was one of the few bright spots last season for a struggling LSU defense He recorded a sack and returned an interception for a touchdown in his first game of the SEC against the State of Mississippi All season long, he exhibited tremendous covering abilities as a linebacker, a trait highly coveted by NFL teams in 2021.
“It helped me develop my skills to compete at a high level,” Cox said of stepping up his competition before joining the NFL He says the talent upgrade is real and noticeable, and he understands that by the time you get into the NFL, you need more than talent to excel.
“It’s just the number of athletes around you moving from Division II to the SEC,” Cox explained “In the league, it’s a matchmaking game It’s a question of who can win their head-to-head, because everyone in the league is good “
Cox expected to be drafted Friday night, and many draft experts were surprised he’s still on the board for the Cowboys’ 115th pick. The Cowboys reportedly had a second-round rating on Cox and couldn’t pass him through in the fourth round, even after drafting linebacker Micah Parsons in the first round Cox didn’t enjoy the end of Friday night without a phone call from an NFL team with his extended family all around him But he’s confident in the way it worked
“Coming out of high school I was under-recruited and underrated,” Cox said confidently “It’s nothing new It’s a chip on my shoulder Can’t wait to show the league what they missed “
He said he watched Cowboys linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith’s movie when he was a young college player and admired them enough to try and take things out of their game to add them to the his He knows those two and Parsons will catch up with stiff competition for a fourth round pick But Cox was never afraid of higher competition
“These are three elite athletes,” Cox said of Smith, Vander Esch and Parsons “And I think I’m with them”
Since he was hired in January, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has been mentioned a lot – but the media had yet to talk about him.
When the dust finally subsided on Saturday night, the Cowboys finished the NFL Draft with 11 picks, including eight in defense, building up the necessary resources on this side of the ball
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